Tuesday, September 21, 2010

She's Not Heavy, She's Sombody's Grandma

Walking past one of the grassy areas by the hospital this afternoon, I saw three nursing students helping an elderly lady out of a wheelchair so that she could sit down on the grass.  The urinary catheter trailing out from under her skirt confirmed that she was a patient.  She obviously preferred to sit on the ground over sitting in the wheelchair.

I was impressed with how tenderly the students were treating her.  They couldn't have been more gentle and kind if she had been their own grandmother.  Who knows?  She could have been a relative of one of them.  It's a small country, and it's not rare that a relative of a student or staff member is a patient here.

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